poster-small1 AUDITIONS - Cameo Theatre and Jonathan Pennington Studios

 Toulouse at the Moulin Rouge - Open Auditions on Saturday, May 3, 2:30pm-4:30pm; Sunday, May 4, 7:30pm-9:30pm; Callbacks on Monday, May 5.

New York Writers and Casting Directors will be on site for auditions. 

Send an email to jonathan@jpstudios.org with headshot and resume.

Audition location: Cameo Theatre, 1123 E. Commerce St.

Show dates September 2014; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays 4pm.

Characters Needed:

Major Characters

Henrí Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa—30s, one of history’s most famous impressionistic painters. Toulouse is smart, worldly, witty, inspired/inspiring and though he is royalty he finds conflict in acceptance with his stature.

Charles Zidler—40s-60s The original owner of the Moulin Rouge. Wealthy, eccentric and very charismatic. Becomes business partners with Toulouse in the opening of the Moulin Rouge. (baritone)

Jeanne Beaudon “Jane Avril”—20s The daughter of a prostitute starts life as shy and reserved but has a transformation upon meeting Toulouse. She becomes the rising star at the Moulin Rouge and the bohemians revere her. (soprano)

La Goulue—20s/30s “The Glutton” busty and bawdy, the current star of the Moulin Rouge and originator of the kickline. She is egotistical, self centered and willing to do anything for fame. The bourgeois think she is a goddess and like to treat her as such. (belter)

Yvette Guilbert—30s her “unique look” and quirky performance style attracts Toulouse’s love. (mezzo)

Valentin le Desosse—30s/40s a tall, slender contortionist performer at the Moulin Rouge. He is the owner of the café Zidler wants to take over (baritone)

Elise Beaudon—40s, Jane Avril’s mother. A hardened dominant prostitute who takes it upon herself to teach Jane the hard lessons of life. Doubles with Gerta (Mezzo)

Bourgeois

Monsieur Samary—By day he is a socialite, by night he stalks Jane Avril

Monsieur Chiffon—La Goulue’s bankroller

Monsieur Niermans—Chiffon’s older bankroller

Monsieur Mordú—Chiffon and Samary’s yes man. Doubles as police officer

Bohemians

Monsieur Fort—Loud bohemian singer

Monsieur Cassé—A broke bohemian always looking for a handout

Monsieur Peindre—Eager young artist fan of Toulouse (baritone)

Jacques—Valentin’s boyfriend, doubles as Monsieur Cassé

Pierre—Owner of the brothel, doubles as Monsieur Fort

Police officer—doubles as Monsieur Mordú

Can-Can Dancers

Colette

Antoinette

Fleur

Gerta—doubles as Elise

Toulouse At the Moulin Rouge

Music and Lyrics by Josh Walker

Book and Lyrics by John David Nelson

In Montmartre, Paris’ grungy bohemian quarter, a short painter draws us into his world of music, dancing, alcohol and women. His intoxicating colors attract us to the underworld freedom we all desire, he paints a world that is perfect for its cobwebs and crappy dancehalls. Suddenly an upper class businessman named Charles Zidler enters and promises to change the world with a brand new, electrified dancehall. He promises Toulouse endless Absinthe and his very own reserved table in exchange for an advertisement. Patrons of all classes from all over Paris flock to the Moulin Rouge on opening night after seeing Toulouse’s infamous “poster”. Once there, the upper class bourgeois love the boisterous and bawdy headliner of the Moulin Rouge, La Goulue. But La Goulue finds her headlining position under attack by the bohemian backed, smoother and finer Jane Avril. The class divide suddenly creates distrust and corruption within the Moulin Rouge and Toulouse finds himself caught in the middle. New ties are created and old bonds must be broken when the world changes.

Send email to jonathan@jpstudios.org with headshot and resume.